“When somebody does not do the job, you’ve got to let them go.” #MediaAgeism #Eastwooding

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How much would you (or the Romney team) pay for an iconic national hero to stand up in front of around 20 million viewers and drop a bunch of nuanced verbal bombs on the opponent? Never mind the sometimes mumbly delivery of Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican Convention last night. He is a pro, an actor and a director, and he knows how to talk effectively to the guy in the (empty) chair. Just like Jimmy Stewart’s Harvey, the guy in the chair got the messages: America is something special; Barack Obama has failed us and needs to be repealed and replaced on November 6th – but Clint Eastwood said it so much better. And the way we know Eastwood succeeded is the over-the-top, frothing commentary by the Democrat/Progressive media Party during the show and continuing, non-stop, through the next day. Even Obama himself, the ever cool guy who was never going to tune into the T.V. coverage of the convention, tweeted a photo of himself – in a non-empty chair – during the speeches.


Reality check: Paul Ryan never said Obama did not keep Janesville auto plant open – he said Obama pretended he could stimulate it open.

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While most people were watching Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan wow the Republican Convention with his spirited rhetoric last night, many conservative new media bloggers and twitterers were rolling on the floors in front of their TVs, enjoying the hilarious reaction of MSNBC (cable NBC) pundits losing it. After spending most of the last few days focusing on the meme that Republicans are racist, two days of conservative speeches in every color of the rainbow (including Mia Love, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Kelly Ayotte, Artur Davis, Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley and Ann Romney on Tuesday; Condi Rice, Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Susanna Martinez on Wednesday)  seemed to have worn them down to a frazzled, deluded and panicked mush. (The twitter speculation of how Joe Biden might be reacting to the prospect of debating Ryan is equally comical, though pretty much unprintable.) You had to be tuned into MSNBC to get the full flavor of Rachel “nobody is as smart as she thinks she is” Maddow and her panel of Obama cheerleaders, but here is a video of the rest of the shiver-up-the-leg crew later that evening.

Looks like we are going to be hearing about the “fact checked” “Ryan lie” about the closing of the Janesville, WI General Motors plant ad infinitum, so for the record, here are the real facts. First, here’s the disputed quote from Paul Ryan’s convention speech:

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two.  Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account.  My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.”

The Janesville Gazette reported on February 17, 2009 that the GM plan in Janesville “will end production on April 23, 2009” – that would be after Obama was president. The factory was petering out for a couple of years – but the Obama stimulus did not save those jobs, and the factory did finally close during his term. Here’s Obama’s speech in 2008. Human Events recapitulates the Paul Ryan/Janesville issues here.

Meanwhile, do tune into MSNBC to share the laughs tonight during Mitt Romney’s speech. Go Twitter!

“I’ll be damned. We’re Republicans!” Gov. Susanna Martinez of New Mexico is, well, just awesome.

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Overnight, Paul Ryan transforms the old GOP to the party of the future: reform and substance. #Romeny/Ryan2012

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Paul Ryan was so positive, smart and engaging, there were moments when you might have expected the cheering convention audience to break out with “Math, Math, Math.” Ryan makes anything seem wonderful. Since when did it feel so good to be a mom?

Just what are they stirring into the cheese and beer up north there in Wisconsin anyway?

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So near and yet so far – that would be Wisconsin politics’ distance from the Illinois political scene. The Atlantic magazine looks at what’s happening north of the (Illinois) border in the new issue. [And is that a honey badger?]

Convention speeches you may have missed – especially watching comedy-cable stations.

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What with needing time to cover rainy weather reports, and more time to call out Republican convention speakers as racist, most cable channels omitted broadcasting any of the excellent minority candidates in the GOP line-up Tuesday night: Mia Love (see next post below), SC Gov. Nikki Haley, TX candidate for Senate Ted Cruz, and new Republican Artur Davis for starters.

If Ann Romney is Mrs. America @GOPConvention, then Mia Love has to be first runner-up for the roses and crown.

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In anyone’s book, Mia Love, the Utah candidate for the U.S. Congress, is a rising star. Her very tough race is running a fundraiser called the Love Bomb. Join conservativeBrand in supporting this amazing young woman.

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